Real Madrid chief claims there is no large gap between his side and Barcelona

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Real Madrid chief claims there is no large gap between his side and Barcelona

Real Madrid director general Jorge Valdano says that there is no large cap between the talents of the playing staff at Barcelona and his own side, despite the Catalan giants claiming a 5-0 victory in the first game of the season between the two sides.

Madrid boss Jose Mourinho led his men out for the first time in an El Clasico fixture at the Camp Nou on Monday 29 November, but his confidence at picking up three points in the match was soon shattered when Barca raced to a 2-0 lead inside 18 minutes through 2010 FIFA World Cup winners Xavi Hernandez and Pedro Rodriguez.

David Villa then struck twice for the home side in three second-half minutes, before Spain Under-21 cap Jeffren Suarez completed the rout in injury-time.

Though the margin of victory was vast, Valdano insists that there is no large gap between the two clubs and was quick to praise Barca and their coach Pep Guardiola for a devastating performance.

He told Spanish publication AS that: "We have good players and a great coach, so this is not a fatal blow. Barcelona were superb, playing consistently and with confidence from the start. They scored with their first chance and we found it tough to overcome that. On the bad side we encountered a Barcelona team that were greatly superior: on the good side, we only lost three points. Now we hope to recover." 

Valdano also took the opportunity to criticise Mourinho for failing to drag his side back into the match.

He added: "(Mourinho) couldn't bring a major correction to the game. He didn't even leave the bench." 

Madrid's next opportunity to catch up with Barcelona ― who took a two-point lead over Los Blancos due to their win ― will come when they host Valencia at the Bernabeu on Saturday 4 December.

 

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